BALLINCOLLIG schoolboys secretary Mark Browne believes the hard work done at their academy over the past few years will ensure they can come back strongly next season.
The club was disappointed but understanding with regards to the recent decision to cancel the 19/20 season following the outbreak of the Coronavirus and they have now set their attention to potentially returning to action in September.
“It’s the kids we feel sorry for like all the clubs in the Cork Schoolboys League,” said Browne.
“They were just mad to get back playing again and finish their seasons but it wasn’t meant to be so we accept. They are just going to have to wait to get back playing, we will wait until it is safe to do so.
“The decision was made on health and safety grounds and it wasn’t just football that was affected it was all sports so we understand the decision to cancel last season and hopefully we will be back playing competitively come Septemeber.
“Like other clubs, we are waiting to get directives from the authorities as to when we can return to normal, and then we will have a meeting with all our individual managers to get their thoughts and put some plans in place ahead of the new season.
“The U13s were in with a shout of winning their league so it is disappointing that they won’t be able to do that and the rest of our teams were all holding their own.
“But we have a great academy at the club, our numbers are growing all the time and there is a lot of talented footballers there so we will be ok when we do get back playing.”
Ballincollig have been making the most of this enforced break as they continue to work on their grounds to ensure they are in great shape for the return to training and competitive matches.
“One of my main jobs as well is to look after the pitches and we are doing a lot of work on them to make sure they are in good condition when we do finally get going again,” added Browne.
“There is a good few people at the club doing some work - at a social distance - on our grounds, they’re trying to upgrade the dressing rooms and we are constantly working on the two pitches to get them ready.
“We are all looking forward to that day, it is a great outlet and there is a huge interest in the sport in Ballincollig.
“We just can’t wait for it to come back, all standards of football be it men, women, kids, youths or adults, we can’t wait to get back out to their games and hopefully that will be soon.”